* To schedule a family therapy session please call (312) 546-4193
Being human comes with hardships, and I believe that we all can benefit from therapy. I recognize that there are a lot of stigmas in our society and specific cultures regarding mental health and seeking mental health services. I am passionate about reducing the stigma and shame around mental health. On the weekend, my favorite sweatshirt to wear reads, “Going to therapy is cool”. I believe that seeking out and engaging in therapy is an incredible strength. I believe that desiring to grow and be the best version of yourself is in fact, cool.
I am an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist who provides services to clients in all life stages as well as all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. I view it as an honor and recognize my privilege in being asked to walk alongside and support my clients through a season of their human journey. My specialty is trauma-informed play therapy for children and adolescents between 5-12 years old.
In my therapy room, you will find a warm, non-judgmental, confidential, client-driven, and empathetic space that is tailored to your specific needs and therapeutic preferences. When we begin working together, I will collaborate with you (and your caregiver if appropriate) to develop treatment goals. As we continue to work together, I will honor those goals and assist you in achieving them while flourishing into the best version of yourself.
Talking about feelings can be difficult, so I like to bring fun into my sessions by including art, play, games, and laughter. When I work with my clients, I enjoy celebrating all the big and little victories through our journey together.
I graduated from the University of Southern California with my master’s in social work specializing in Children and Family work and Early Childhood Trauma. I have focused my professional development on increasing my cultural awareness and sensitivity as well as my play therapy, family therapy, and crisis intervention skills. Throughout my professional career, I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults specializing in early-childhood trauma, crisis intervention, and the child welfare system.
I have experience supporting clients in processing past or current trauma and developing healthy coping skills for symptoms of anxiety, ADHD, depression, and PTSD. I also have experience supporting and developing safety plans for families and clients with suicidal ideation and assisting clients in transitional periods including entering foster care, school transition, and parental separation or death.
In addition, I provide family therapy and parent coaching. With my children and adolescent clients, I utilize play therapy, mindfulness, trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and collaborative problem-solving. With my adult clients, I utilize mindfulness, CBT, and motivational interviewing and will even mix in some art and play (grown-ups sometimes need it too!).
Blue Cross Blue Shield • Self pay • Aetna • Humana
ADD/ADHD Behavior Therapies • Adjustment Disorder • Anger Management • Anxiety • DBT/CBT • Depression • Grief and Loss/Bereavement • LGBTQIA+ • Life Coaching • Life Transition • Major Depressive Disorder • Mindfulness • Occupational Difficulties • Play Therapy • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Trauma • Relationship Issues • Sadness • Self Esteem • Social Anxiety • Stress/Worry
Education and training
- University of Southern California, Master in Social Work